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June 29 2018

Nonfiction in Unit 5.1, Earthquake Terror

Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 5th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Earthquake Terror. Click on the links to view and print each nonfiction article in this unit and book club!

May 30 2018

Nonfiction Pairings: Esperanza Rising

Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 6th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Esperanza Rising. Click on the links to view and print each nonfiction article!

May 30 2018

Nonfiction Pairings: The Children of the Dust Bowl

Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 6th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, The Children of the Dust Bowl. Click on the links to view and print each nonfiction article in this unit and book club!

May 30 2018

Nonfiction Pairings: The Westing Game

Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 6th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, The Westing Game.  Click on links to view and print each nonfiction article in this unit and book club!

March 21 2018

How to Group Students for Reading

FAQ: I have a question about how to group students for reading. Currently we are using a walk-to-read structure but will be switching curriculums to the Read Side By Side Reading Program. Is it okay if we keep our walk-to-read model with this program?

February 21 2018

Tips for Better Book Club Discussions

How do you get your students to talk during book club discussions? Sarah Collinge, author of the C. I. A. Book Club Teacher’s Guides, gives some helpful suggestions!

February 12 2018

Assigned Reading or Free Choice? The Illusion of Choice

Should students’ reading in school be assigned or left to free choice? Before choice can be valuable, our students must first know what they like to read. They must be exposed to a variety of genres, topics, and authors and have pleasurable reading experiences that lead them to the next book. Find out more in this blog article by Dr. Peter Dewitz.

May 22 2014

Book Clubs in 3rd Grade


Forming the Groups

When I heard that there were going to be book clubs that partnered up with the CIA books, I was more than excited to have my students to have a similar experience with book clubs that I’ve had. I decided to begin the book clubs the second week after Spring Break.  This gave me plenty of time to continue small group work, and it would be a fun way to end the school year.

November 19 2013

Book Club with Janet Erickson

The Book Clubs are so much fun.  Every student is reading, talking about their book, or writing about it for the entire Book Club time.  It's such a great use of reading time – no one is waiting!  I have three groups.  In the below-grade-level group there are six kids reading Shoeshine Girl, and in the above grade level there are six reading How To Steal A Dog.  The other 13 students are close to grade level and are reading Because of Winn-Dixie. All three groups are enjoying the books.  I don't know how Sarah figured this out, but the amount of reading each day is just right.  The kids in Shoeshine Girl have more opportunities to re-read, and the kids in How To Steal A Dog are thrilled to have enough to keep on reading!  Every student has a reading partner, and this is working out better than I could have imagined.  The kids go to their partner when they have a question, and I've only had one pair sign up for a conference with me.

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